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MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, PART 8,406: RANDOM THOUGHTS (BUT NOT ABOUT YOU KNOW WHAT)

If you’re anything like me, you’re not getting any sleep these days. To keep my mind off the election, I’m letting it churn over more appealing topics, like who’s making it rain at radio, what my favorite people are up to, what records are going to get mega-big and what I’ve been watching instead of doomscrolling on 538.com.

After multiple attempts, this week brings Big Hit/Columbia’s K-Pop superheroes BTS their first-ever Top 10 single at radio. Peter Gray and his Big Red squad deserve props for an innovative bus tour that kicked this one into high gear. Will the group now become the automatics they deserve to be?

Last week UMG’s Celine Joshua invited me to join her for an afternoon drink at the Polo Lounge. I smiled when I got her message—she’s one of the smartest people I know, and I always learn things when we hang out. One thing I learned: Spontaneity is still possible, even for me.

I think most people have always known he's one of the all-time great add-getters, but I’ve got to salute Lee Leipsner, now teamed with Lori Anderson, for the incredible job he’s done delivering the AJR single “Bang” (S-Curve/Hollywood), which enters the Top 15 at Pop and the Top 10 at Hot AC. Lee always wears an extra mask when we drop by, because he’s a very careful person.

While taking a neighborhood walk the other day, I passed a house that’s had a sign on it since forever reading “Psychic on Duty” and noticed that “Psychic” had been changed to “Intuitionist.” I had a vision that this would happen.

I highly, highly recommend the Bruce Springsteen documentary “Letter to You” (now streamable on Apple TV+) to anyone who’s ever been a fan of The Boss—or just enjoys a beautifully filmed, inside-baseball journey through the making of an album. Mazels and much appreciation to friends Jon Landau and Greg Linn.

I had a chance to chat with Dan McCarroll  last week. Dan is working closely with Steve Boom at Amazon Music these days. Just ask Alexa to hook you up with him the next time you’re ordering enough paper towels to last until doomsday.

Alissa Pollack promised me an easier path to get the info I crave from Realtime Mediabase Classic. Unfortunately, the new way is still a maze of click-throughs. Alissa is super-grateful for all my feedback.

Congrats to Spangmania king and Republic promo overlord Gary Spangler for putting away two Ariana Grande songs over two consecutive weeks at radio. Is this a first? Quickly, someone ping my statistician! Gary's pictured here in his Halloween garb, singing a round of "If I Only Had an iHeart."

Some thoughts on records/artists: Machine Gun Kelly is much, MUCH bigger than you think. I’ve set the over/under on his Bad Boy/Interscope album at 1.3m, and I’m taking the over. Clairo (FADER Label) is great, and her new single, “Sofia,” should be the breakthrough to a much larger audience. Cannons’ “Fire for You” (Columbia), which broke from the Netflix series Never Have I Ever, is a callout/Shazam superhit. Republic’s Conan Gray and RCA’s Tate McRae are also bigger than you think. The Kid LAROI (Columbia) is real. Big Loud’s Morgan Wallen will still get his shot at Saturday Night Live so draw a smiley face on your COVID mask. Saweetie’s new song with Jhené Aiko (Warner), "Back to the Streets," could be the breakout one for both artists.

And no, I don’t want to look at the latest battleground polls, thank you. At least not until these drugs kick in.

NEAR TRUTHS:
CAVEAT EMPTOR
Our favorite cartoon character is back on our minds. (8/4a)
SONY MUSIC PREDICTS IMPRESSIVE FISCAL '22
The planets are aligning. (8/4a)
LIVE NATION AMPED UP ON Q2 RETURNS
Rapino makes change for a quarter. (8/4a)
THE HAPPIEST TOP 20
Billie's back...on her own terms. (8/4a)
GRAMMY CHEW: SEEING BIEBER
It's high time for Justice in the Academy. (8/4a)
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS
From tender shoots to mighty oaks.
MARKETSHARE MANIA
Let's do the numbers.
DELTA VARIANT
It is not the name of a Henry Miller novel.
IS IT TIME FOR ANOTHER ROCK STORY?
Could be. Dunno.
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